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Employee fired after taking FMLA leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted to give employees job protection when they needed to take a significant time off for medical reasons or to take care of their family members. The FMLA continues to protect employees in this matter. Sometimes though, employers may violate this act. Indiana residents may be interested in reading about the incident of a Georgia court clerk who allegedly was wrongfully terminated after taking FMLA leave due to a disability involving Crohn’s Disease.

The court clerk is seeking compensation of more than $75,000 as well as other compensation and reinstatement of her job, which was terminated after her FMLA leave. She also claims she was retaliated against and harassed by another court clerk. By partaking in this retaliation and refusal to accommodate, the plaintiff claims the other court clerk violated the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Many Americans rely on having the security of FMLA leave in case an emergency ever occurs. If you find yourself in a similar situation, there are courses you can take that may help you out of the poor financial situation you may now be in. Fighting to protect your rights could allow you to not only defend yourself but to also receive compensation for loss of wages. It may also help you get your job back.

The court clerk employee’s actions are a good example of what to do in the aftermath of being wrongfully terminated for taking FMLA leave. This case is still in progress, but if the plaintiff wins, she may be awarded the compensation she is seeking. If you are in a similar situation, you may want to consider pursuing this option in an effort to end and recover the damages caused by your potentially wrongful termination.

Source: The Moultrie Observer, “Court clerk employee claims wrongful firing,” Alan Mauldin, Feb. 28, 2014

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